Life Writing: Travel and Memoir

Mon 27 August 2018 - Sat 1 September 2018
Tutors / Katharine Norbury & Malachy Tallack
Guest Reader / Dan Boothby
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Non-Fiction
Language / English

“Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground, but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march.” It is 167 years since Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words. Yet in a world that we can now traverse in the click of a mouse, leaving only an electronic footprint, the abiding allure of travel writing, writing about the natural world, and memoir inspired by place is stronger than ever. Through discussions, workshops and tutorials this course encourages us to set aside the smartphone and mouse and pick up a notebook and pen as we explore the process of transforming of our own journeys and encounters from lived experience into abiding story.

Join award winning travel writer Malachy Tallack and acclaimed memoirists Katharine Norbury and Dan Boothby in opening out the myriad possibilities inherent in writing about place.


Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and has worked extensively in film and television drama. She published her first book, The Fish Ladder (Bloomsbury Circus) in 2015, and it was shortlisted for the 2016 Wainwright Prize, longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and announced as a Telegraph Book of the Year. She was also named an Observer’s rising star in non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the Observer’s New Review and Caught by The River and teaches writing about place. She is currently editing an anthology of women’s writing about the natural world, Women On Nature, for Unbound.

Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack is an author and singer-songwriter from Shetland. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, explored those countries along the sixtieth parallel, and examined the idea of home. It was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2015. His second, The Un-Discovered Islands, was named Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016. Malachy's debut novel, The Valley at the Centre of the World, is published this year. / Twitter: @malachytallack

Guest Reader

Dan Boothby

Dan Boothby grew up in a commune in Norfolk. After studying Arabic at Durham University and in Syria at L’Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas, he wrote guidebooks, travelled extensively and sailed over 40,000 miles on long-distance yacht deliveries. Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place, a memoir of his time on a tiny Scottish island living in the former home of naturalist and author Gavin Maxwell, was published to critical acclaim in 2015 by Picador.

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